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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Pastoral Reflections

Today’s readings focus on the wondrous works of God. The Church continues to grow as the power of God works through the teaching and healing ministry of the Apostles, and the ultimate expression of the Father’s love is realized in Jesus, who promises that the “Spirit of truth” will come to those whom the Father loves.

As one of those chosen by the leaders in Jerusalem to help with the spread of the Gospel, Philip goes into Samaria. Jesus himself often confronted the historical division between Samaritans and Jews. The response to Philip is amazing, and there “was great joy in that city.” The power of the Word of God brings conversion and joy.

The psalmist is inspired by the “tremendous deeds of the Lord” and urges the faithful to praise God continuously. Those “tremendous deeds” of the Lord shaped the history of the people of God, and continue through the saving action of Jesus Christ.

In today’s passage from the first Letter of Peter, the writer holds up the suffering of Christ as a source of hope for the community of believers. Whatever calamity might befall them, they should hold fast and know that their own suffering will be a witness of their faith to others. Whatever criticism they receive, they must respond with gentleness and reverence. In this way they will imitate Jesus himself.

The Gospel verses come from another of Jesus’ Last Supper discourses—his teaching for the Apostles before his Death and Resurrection, assuring them that the Advocate would come soon. During Easter Time, however, the message is clearly intended for all believers as a teaching for living in this time and with the grace of the Resurrection. We learn that to express our Love of the Lord and to enter into the intimacy of the love between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we must follow the Commandments. At Home with the Word.

In His love and mine,

Fr. Ken


In the Spring of 1988, Bishop William D. Keeler formed a new parish to accommodate the rapid growth in Silver Spring Township and named Reverend James R. O’Brien as the founding pastor. That same year, Mother Katharine Drexel was beatified by Pope John Paul, II. Saint Katharine DrexelAt Bishop Keeler’s request, the Holy Father gave his permission to name the Parish in Silver Spring Township as the first parish in the world to be named in her honor. Eighteen years later, on October 1, 2000, Blessed Katharine Drexel was canonized and the church’s name changed to Saint Katharine Drexel.

The Saint Katharine Drexel Parish Family, guided by the Holy Spirit, commits itself to reaching out and sharing with all people the love and service modeled by our patroness, with the Eucharist as our source of strength. Through prayer and action, we will serve God, our Lord and Savior, and our community, exhibiting a special concern for the poor, oppressed and marginalized of our society, especially those among the African-American & Native-American peoples.


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